Toyota Aygo (2014 -) Comfort

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 03 Sep 2015
4
This sharply-styled city car is the all-new Toyota Aygo, a direct replacement for the nine-year old outgoing model of the same name. As before, the Aygo is a joint venture with two French manufacturers to produce their city cars.

4 out of 5

Comfort

Not only will drivers of the old model appreciate refined levels of new Toyota Aygo comfort, but those downsizing to it will too.

Smaller cars tend to bounce over undulating surfaces but the latest Aygo feels very well-controlled, its suspension revisions ensuring it deals well with bumps in the road.

Comfortable seats

The front seats are themselves comfortable, with most models offering height adjustment for the driver’s position though the steering wheel adjusts for angle but not reach. Still most will be able to get comfortable enough to enjoy long journeys, let alone pottering around town.

Taller drivers may find the gear lever is close to their thigh in fifth or reverse as the cabin is narrow compared to many larger cars. Similarly, when the front seats are slid back, rear seat space is compromised, but sensibly there are only two seat positions back there. Taller passengers in the back will lament a lack of headroom too.

Automatic windows and canvas sunroof

All models have electric front windows – the rear ones hinge outwards rather than wind down on five-door Aygos – while all versions barring the entry level X have air-con.

Seat fabrics are comfortable and appealing, with part- and full-leather also optionally available. For added fun a full-length canvas sunroof is available turning the Aygo into a pseudo-cabriolet.

There are large storage pockets around the cabin including bottle holders in the doors and cup holders set in front of the gear lever.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

With similar dimensions to the outgoing model, Toyota Aygo practicality is up to class norms rather than setting new standards, but at 168-litres the boot is 29 litres larger than the previous generation.

Still, it lags behind the Fiat 500, VW Up, and Vauxhall Adam. Like previous, the loading lip is still high, the space accessible via a glass tailgate, and while the boot space isn’t horizontally long, the vertical depth is greater than before.

No split seats on entry models

All Aygos except the entry level X versions have a 50:50 split rear seat back; the X makes do with a single-piece folding bench.

The Aygo’s interior is peppered with various cubbies and storage areas, including a decently-sized glove box and door bins. Sockets for the 12V electrical supply and USB dock are conveniently located and models fitted with the X-Touch infotainment screen are simple to navigate with clear, modern graphics and fast-responding inputs from fingertips.

Reversing camera makes city manoeuvring easy

Although it’s a small car with fine all-round visibility the reversing camera fitted to many Aygos makes it supremely easy to park, useful in the absence of sacrificial rubbing strips on the car’s extremities.

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Behind the wheel

While the outgoing Toyota Aygo interior was well-assembled, many of the plastics used in its construction were from the cheaper end of the scale.

In the new model, the plastics are still firm but they feel significantly more substantial than before, plus they’ve been livened up with a variety of glossy, coloured appliques.

Dials are fixed to steering column

The instrument binnacle itself is simple and dominated by a central speedometer with X-Play models upwards fitted with a small, LED rev-counter just to the left of it.

Choose an X-Pression model or higher and the dashboard features the seven-inch colour touchscreen called X-Touch. The graphics are asymmetrical and colour-coded for different functions to aid navigation of its features while on the move.

Pair your phone with MirrorLink

It also comes with MirrorLink whereby graphics of compatible smartphones are mimicked onscreen, making it even more familiar to navigate as well as accessing features such as social media apps.

Other switchgear felt fine to use, having been tried and tested in other Toyota products.

Easy to see out of an around

All-round visibility is excellent, with good-sized mirrors and windows. There’s only one front windscreen wiper but it’s a pantograph type which clears more of the screen but the top left corner remains unswept.

Although the steering wheel doesn’t adjust for reach, a combination of angle adjustment and six-way movement of the driver’s seat means that most drivers will be able to sit comfortably. Headroom is boosted further by raised outer sections to the roof panel, giving a few additional centimetres of head clearance, in the front at least.